Launch Date: This single origin ran July – September, 2017.
Region: El Quiche, Huehuetenango
Farm: Various smallholders
Variety: Catuai, Bourbon, Pache, Catimor
Processing: Fully washed
Tasting Notes: Red Apple. Cherry. Toffee.
Tell us more:
Huehugetenango, Guatemala, is a region very well-known for coffee. It’s various microclimates, lush environment, and topography can produce some of the finest in Central America. We are glad to source this coffee from the co-op ASDECAFE. This organisation comprises various member groups and co-ops in different areas throughout the region of Huehuetenango and El Quiche.
Founded in 2013, ASDECAFE’s intention is to create a sustainable structure for producers and to focus on quality. Its 8 member organisations are similarly interested in various social aspects of coffee and are dedicated to achieving sustainability as businesses while also continuing to promote gender, environmental, and social initiatives. The overall concept of “sustainability” is based on a strong commitment to the protection of the environment, equal distribution of the generated profits, business transparency, a strong commitment to quality and long-term relationships with clients and suppliers. ASDECAFE currently has Fair Trade and organic certification and is hoping to diversify by adding Rainforest Alliance.
The growers typically produce around 30,000 bags of exported coffee, which is brought to central warehouses in parchment, and is milled and exported by a third party. ASDECAFE has spear-headed efforts to promote Women Producers coffee, as well as lots that are grown specifically by young farmers, to try to encourage youth to stay in coffee production. Other groups have asked to join ASDECAFE because they have seen and appreciate the sustainability focus the organisation has, but as of 2017 the organisation is not accepting new members, in an effort to focus its energy and maintain control of quality and the impact of the work.